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Parking lot attendant pistol-whipped and carjacked at 2:30 a.m. in Ohio City parking lot

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 14:06:13-04

CLEVELAND — A parking lot attendant was pistol-whipped and carjacked in an Ohio City parking lot by a group of men on Sunday morning, according to Cleveland police.

The carjacking happened around 2:30 a.m. in a parking lot on West 24th Street behind a strip of bars and restaurants, near the West Side Market.

The 26-year-old man told police that he was inside his parked car looking down when his cars doors opened rapidly and three men wearing hoodies appeared.

He said one of the men entered the rear driver’s side, one entered the passenger door and the third opened the driver’s door.

One of the men asked the parking attendant for keys, and when he couldn’t find them, he was pistol-whipped, the report states.

The victim was ordered to leave the vehicle or else “they were going to shoot him,” according to police.

The three men left the parking lot and drove westbound on Bridge Avenue. Inside the car was his black Galaxy S9 cell phone, miscellaneous power tools, a Nikon camera, clothing, and a child restraint seat.

The car attendant had blood on his shirt and suffered a cut to his lip, the report states.

Investigators noted in the police report that surrounding businesses did have surveillance cameras, including several cameras run by Homeland Security, that were surrounding the parking lot.